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June 2020 Book Reviews

I dove deep into my bookshelves last month, but it wasn’t for reading. The Black Lives Matter protest rocked me to my core. A frightening online conversation that revealed the way people deal with strangers shoved me way off balance. My way to cope and contribute was amplifying Black voices via an excavation of my […]

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May 2020 Book Reviews

Before I jump into a look back at the reading I did in May, I want to let you know I’m sharing a book a day by a Black author on my Instagram account. Please follow me and send book recommendations if you have them. Given that I’ve been reflecting on the things like systemic […]

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April 2020 Book Reviews

A monthly reading review is showing me month after month that there may be no end to my reading interests. I admire people who read single-mindedly, with a purpose and question. I also embrace the fact that I am not one of those people. Yet when I look back, there are broad trends and themes […]

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March 2020 Book Reviews

My reading was all over the map in March. Each of these books packed a punch, albeit in vastly different ways. In the order in which I finished reading them, here are my thoughts. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson is an extremely thorough account of Leonardo’s life. The organization is both […]

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February 2020 Book Reviews

February was a big, thick books month. I’m often hesitant to read thick books because it feels like a speed bump in my reading highway. But, they’re also good challenges and why be afraid of a challenge? Sapiens was a book club choice this month. In order to make sure we don’t get in a […]

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January 2020 Book Reviews

Last week, I promised you an article about setting goals this week. I’m putting it off. First of all, I came up with a brilliant idea for a giveaway that I want to take time with. Also, I have been on a more serious reading bender than usual and wanted to share what I’ve been […]

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The Learner’s Journey

This spring at the SIETAR Europa Congress in Leuven, I met Bastian Küntzel. We got to chatting about “what do you do” and “what do I do” and when I told him about my cool new idea to develop a method for using story structure to teach, he said, “I just wrote a book about that.” […]

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Reading Notes: The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall

Story’s role in human life extends far beyond conventional novels or films. Story, and a variety of storylike activities, dominates human life. Storytelling is a fundamental drive. It’s a skill that humans have developed to survive. That’s Jonathan Gottschall’s position in The Storytelling Animal. Gottschall is an evolutionary biologist who asks a simple but important […]

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A little book with big ideas about storytelling

The Mystery Feast isn’t a book I went looking for. I suspect it found me. I was aware of Nigerian author Ben Okri as any Booker Prize follower must be aware of him. His novel The Famished Road won the Booker Prize in 1991. However, my interest became more specific last summer. I spent a […]

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